A friend recommended that I try this, and I am so glad that I did. We received our first ever Bountiful Basket this week. I was so excited. Look! It’s loaded full of goodies- a mountain of fresh oranges, mangos, pineapple, cantaloupe lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, corn, butternut squash, and tomatoes. I will definitely keep doing this. If you’re interested, go to http://www.bountifulbaskets.org/ to sign up. It’s $16.50 each time you order except the first time which is $3 more. They come every 2 weeks with different produce and goodies. There are add ons you can do too, or get all organic for an additional fee. I love that it’s not a subscription. You can choose to participate each time. I can’t wait to see what is in the next basket! It’s surely going to get my creativity going to figure out new ways to cook with ingredients I may not usually pick up.
I’m not sure how, but for the last few years I have become the watermelon basket person among my friends. I was once asked to make one for a graduation party. Not knowing the “correct” method of how to make one, I improvised. Every year since then I’ve been asked to do one for another party. Well, it is that time again, and I’m making one for a graduation party tomorrow. Here’s my method:
- First, gather all your supplies.
I get a dry erase marker, shot glass, towel, big knife, detail knife, melon baller, spoon, and this nifty little tool I got for free (standing around the grocery store watching a product demonstration in the produce department).
Roll the watermelon around until you find the way that it lays flat the best.
- Next, grab your marker and draw a horizontal line where you want the basket to open.
Sometimes I make them higher so the fruit doesn’t fall out, but I’ve made them lower too.
It’s completely up to you.I hold my hand still and turn the watermelon so that I get the same height all the way around level.
- Next, draw your pattern.
I take a shot glass and make 2 small lines on the sides. Line up the little lines with the line on the watermelon and trace. Repeat all the way around. Draw a straight line where you want the handle to be and draw your shot-glass-circles in whatever pattern you’d like. You can use your towel to erase the straight lines and leave the scalloped edge. Don’t worry if the line doesn’t erase completely right now. After you’re done with the whole project try again, and if not, you can wet the towel a little and it should come straight off.
- Next, start cutting.
I take my little “v” tool and notch out where the scallops come together. If you don’t have a tool like this, just use a little knife and make little v’s. Next, I take a larger knife and cut out big triangles to get rid of the larger sections. Use the detail knife to go in and carve away at the curves now.
- Next, make the balls.
Insert the melon baller and twist gently to create the watermelon balls. It’s like scooping ice cream. Remember we’re adding other fruit, so you won’t fit it all back inside the watermelon. Clean it up by using a spoon and scraping the walls and the handle being careful not to make the walls too thin. Cut your other fruit in half, clean out the seeds and make balls of those too. Mix all the balls in a bowl. Make sure to empty the watermelon of any additional juice before returning the fruit to the basket.
This week I got some incredible cucumbers at the grocery store and decided to try something new.
After a rough chop, I added 1/2 cup each of Red Wine vinegar, Apple Cider vinegar and my favorite of favorites this AMAZING Aged Balsamic Vinegar I bought on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah.
I tossed in some salt, pepper, garlic, and a splash of olive oil and mixed it up.
After all that, I put it in a mason jar and stuck it in the fridge until dinner.
DELICIOUSLY simple. They were the perfect addition to the pulled pork sandwiches and baked beans that had cooked all day in the crock pot. I only wish I had thrown a few tomatoes and onions in there too. Oh well, next time…